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The Lounge / Federal Tax Per Mile Driven
« on: August 04, 2021, 10:29:48 AM »
Buried in the Senate's version of the new "Infrastructure" bill is a pilot program to test taxing drivers per mile driven.

Of course it will NOT be called a new TAX. That might give people a negative feeling about this new... tax. They will be calling it "a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee." So it's not a new tax, it's a user fee. Now, don't you feel better?


SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Car Cover Recommendations
« on: March 22, 2021, 04:51:03 PM »
Looking for a cover for my 1966 GT350. Need only protect from dust in my garage. Will probably never be used outside.
 - Top priority is to be soft so it won't damage the paint even if dragged on and off several times a week.
 - Second priority is to be light, also to minimize any paint damage in dragging on and off.
 - Third priority is to be thin, so it will fold up small when not in use.

I've been thinking about the 100% cotton flannel cover by California Car Company. Any comments about that cover or other recommendations appreciated.


The Lounge / How to Open Mustang-II Hatchback Without Key?
« on: March 02, 2021, 10:11:55 AM »
A neighbor just bought a 1976 Mustang-II from the original owner. Built in Mexico and only brought to the U.S. recently. 302-V8, a/c, auto with console, factory aluminum wheels and less than 50K miles. Very nice condition. The only problem is that the owner couldn't find the key to the hatchback.

Does anyone know how to get the hatchback open without the key? Or is there a way to get a key (or maybe a locksmith key code) from Ford?


The Lounge / Mecum Bidder Pass Question
« on: December 03, 2020, 07:07:31 PM »
I got a bidder pass and one guest pass to go to the Mecum Auction in Houston. I've never done this before and got them free through my membership in MCA. Now I've decided not to attend. Don't want to take a chance of bringing Covid home to my wife.

Those passes both have my name on them.

Can I just give them to a neighbor and no questions will be asked when he and his daughter go in the door as long as they are wearing a pass? Even though neither of them is the person named on the passes?

Do I have to contact Mecum and request and official name change for the passes?

Am I out of luck and no one can use them if I'm not there?

BTW, I had no intention of bidding and didn't fill out any of those forms ahead of time. Only had plans to go and watch.

Thanks ahead for any help you can provide.


SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Mice Advice, Please
« on: August 30, 2020, 09:38:55 AM »
Theres a mouse in the house and I want to keep it out of my Shelby. I think this has been discussed, but I searched and cant find that topic. Maybe it was on forum 1.0? Any advice appreciated.


The Lounge / 1966 GT350 Registry Pg 23 "Decoder Page"
« on: March 23, 2020, 02:10:58 PM »
Here's the corrected page 23 for the 2019 edition of the 1966 GT350 Registry. I call this the "Decoder" page, but the actual title is "1966 GT350 SERIAL NUMBER GRID CODES". SAAC printed this at the end of last year's "Shelby American" annual.


News from HQ / The Shelby American - Fall 2019 - Now Availalable
« on: August 27, 2019, 03:34:48 AM »
The latest Shelby American issue is now in the Members area at

Lot's of SAAC-44 coverage & more.

Congratulations to Ruben Bonales for getting to Shelby Nirvana a second time and sharing the story with us. Thanks for the great article, Mr. Horseshoe.


The Lounge / 70 Million Dollar Porsche Auction Mistake
« on: August 20, 2019, 06:22:21 AM »

Watch the video that's a little more than half way down this page. It's amazing that the auctioneer for a multi-million dollar car can't properly enunciate numbers that end with "teen." He starts the bidding at what  sounds like 30 million and the crowd gets excited. Then it sounds like the bidding goes to 40 million, 50 million, 60 million and finally 70 million. All the while the crowd is going wild.

But then he clarifies and you learn that the opening bid was really 13 million and the current bid is 17 million. Ouch! Then he continually repeats the 17 million bid trying to get an advance, but it sounds like 70 million almost every time he says it. Only one out of every 20 or so times does he properly enunciate so the audience can tell it's 17 and not 70.

Just unbelievable. I felt bad for the guy, but worse for the owner of the car... which didn't meet the reserve.

How do you get a job as an auctioneer when you can't enunciate numbers clearly?


The Lounge / 289HP Questions
« on: August 04, 2019, 10:09:16 AM »
First Im getting caught up on watching some auctions that I recorded. Just saw a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente being presented as all original except for 1 repaint. With 289hp and automatic transmission.

Would the 289hp have been available with auto trans for 1964 in Mercurys?

Second When looking at Wikipedia for 289hps they have the following in the GT350 section:

The HiPo engine was used in modified form by Carroll Shelby for the 19651967 Shelby GT350, raising rated power to 306 bhp (310 PS; 228 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 329 lb⋅ft (446 N⋅m) at 4,200 rpm of torque, through use of special exhaust headers, an aluminum intake manifold, and a larger 4-barrel Holley 715 CFM carburetor.[5][6] The Shelby engine also had a larger oil pan with baffles to reduce oil starvation in hard cornering. Shelby also replaced the internal front press-in oil gallery plugs with a screw-in type plug to reduce chances of failure.

Ive never heard about the oil gallery plugs before. Is that true, or just more Wiki-crap?


Up For Auction / 6S069 For Sale
« on: July 21, 2019, 02:28:16 PM »

I have no affiliation with this car. Just posting for informational purposes.


Up For Auction / SFM6S144 Up for Auction
« on: March 01, 2019, 02:53:48 AM »
According to the attached ad from Sports Car Marketplace, 6S144 will be in the New England Auto Auction, August 16-17, 2019. (I got the VIN by emailing and asking.)

Im guessing that eventually there may be more details and more pictures of this car on the auction web site and click on the Auction link at the top-right of the page. For now all they have pictures of are cars from previous auctions.

Steve Sloan

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Engine Installation Education
« on: February 26, 2019, 05:18:56 AM »
Im trying to learn something about the assembly process at San Jose in 1965-66. In particular related to the installation of the engines.

How did they know which engine to put into which car?

Did each car have paperwork that traveled with it down the assembly line to specify what engine to install? If so, how was that engine specified on that document? Via a code like 554J? Or something else?

I know each engine had a metal tag and a sticker each with the engine code. Did the workers match the code on the paperwork for each car with the code on an engine sticker? Or maybe the workers were trained on how to identify particular engines on sight without having to refer to codes?

Heres your chance to perform a public service*. Teach me something.
[*Accredited for public service hours for deferred sentencing purposes in TX, LA, & AR.]  :)

Steve Sloan

1966 Shelby GT350/GT350H / Engine Tag
« on: February 21, 2019, 11:41:34 PM »
Does anyone have a 1966 GT350 after 6s252 that has its original engine tag? If so, would you please post a picture of the tag and tell us the Shelby VIN of your car.

Steve Sloan

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